The vision of open optical networks is great, but how do network operators get started today? What’s coming around the corner that they need to get ready for? And what part of the vision might take a while to get here… if it ever does? This presentation provides a blunt assessment of the current state of open optical networking and the obstacles that exist, an industry roadmap to get to a more open future, and pragmatic advice for network operators planning their own open optical evolution. This presentation was originally delivered at the Open Optical Conference, hosted by Lightwave on November 2, 2017.